You’re out on a pleasant walk when your dog tenses up and all of a sudden bolts. You peer towards the horizon and see a deer a couple of hundred yards away. You don’t normally mind when he gives chase, but there’s a road between him and the deer and you know he won’t be stopping for it. You shout his name but to no avail. What you need is a quick and effective way to bring him to an instant stop. Shouting can work, but if you’re in a busy or noisy environment then you need something sharp to cut through the background noise.
A whistle works perfectly. Just a short blow into a whistle and you’ll have the perfect way to bring him to a stop wherever you are. Training him to a stop with a whistle could save his life one day when he’s tearing towards busy traffic.
Training your dog to stop with a whistle isn’t as complicated as you might think. You need to use tasty treats or his favorite toy to motivate him to respond to the whistle. With rigorous and consistent training he’ll learn the whistle is a cue to do something, such as stop. If he’s a puppy he should be a quick learner and you could see results in just a few days. If he’s older and he’s never been one for following instructions, let alone taking notice of a whistle, then you may need 10 days.
This training will also help you assert control over him in general, making it easier to train him a range of other commands too. You can also use it to bring him to a stop when he’s around other dogs. It might take a few frustrating sessions to start with, but it will come in handy numerous times over his life.
Before you get to work you’ll need to get hold of a few things. You may want to invest in a whistle if you don’t want to use your fingers. They can be bought from a range of online stores. You will also need a decent stockpile of mouth-watering food and treats.
Set aside 15 minutes every couple of days to commit to training. You’ll need to do this training in a large yard or a field. Try and train during times when you will be free from noisy distractions.
Once you’ve got of all that, it’s time to grab your leash and get to work!